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Research Report: 2019 Mobile phones update

17 May 2019
InTheNews

Kondinin Group researchers Ben White and Josh Giumelli have made their annual pilgrimage to outback New South Wales to test the latest batch of mobile phones.

To the average farmer, the smartphone is more than just a convenience, but potentially one of their most important business tools.

With so many of us accepting the fact that we are ‘time poor’, the ability to get work done, check markets, weather information, read and respond to messages and communicate with workers and family members can make a real difference to farm operations.

To continue reading the article: click here. (farmingahead.com.au)

Finder to the Node: Are mobile connections really overtaking the NBN?

17 May 2019
NbnAltNews

Lots of mobile services, but actual data flows more freely on fixed lines in our round-up of the week's NBN news.


Mobile numbers are growing, but data is still king on fixed lines

The ACCC's Internet Activity Report makes for interesting reading in the concluding stages of the rollout of the National Broadband Network.

One of the most frequent criticisms of the NBN has been the idea that mobile technologies will usurp the need for fixed lines, with technologies such as 5G touted as the eventual endpoint. These assumptions generally ignore the shorter range of 5G towers and the reality that any telco will tell you, that a 5G tower generally needs a fixed line cable behind it.

To continue reading the article: click here. (finder.com.au)

If The NBN Sucks In Your Suburb, Consider Mobile Broadband

17 May 2019
NbnAltNews

 Mobile broadband plans used to come in two flavours - 'bugger all data' or 'expensive as buggery'. They were chiefly used by metro home businesses with plenty of cash to burn. Thankfully, those days are now over.

Mobile broadband is an internet service provided over Australia's mobile networks - typically via a SIM card that you insert into a wireless modem. For the past few months, the price of 4G mobile broadband plans has been steadily declining. At the same time, data allowances are getting more and more generous. 

To continue reading the article: click here. (lifehacker.com.au)

Cinnabar, Kilkivan, Goomeri now have better phone coverage

17 May 2019
OptusNews

A NEW Optus mobile phone tower was brought online at Cinnabar yesterday, ensuring motorists on the Wide Bay Highway have access to phone service in the event of an emergency.

The tower is halfway between Goomeri and Kilkivan and will also provide better coverage for residents and businesses in the area.

Member for Wide Bay Llew O'Brien announced the tower was up and running thanks to funding from the second round of the government's Mobile Black Spot Program.

To continue reading the article: click here. (southburnetttimes.com.au)

Pledge to fix Pottsville mobile phone coverage

17 May 2019
TelstraNews

FIXING mobile phone blackspots in Pottsville will be made a priority under a Shorten Labor Government, according to Federal Richmond MP Justine Elliot.

Mrs Elliot was joined by Shadow Communications Minister Stephen Jones this morning where they announced Pottsville would be high on the list of its $245 million regional communications plan.

Phone coverage in Pottsville has been a long-time issue for residents but Telstra says it has no plans to fix the problem as the area's "base station is operating normally”.

To continue reading the article: click here. (tweeddailynews.com.au)

Out, out black spot: Boondooma gets mobile coverage

17 May 2019
TelstraNews

THE Boondooma area will have mobile coverage for the first time once a new base station is built in the area.

Member for Flynn Ken O'Dowd made the announcement.

"The new base station at Boondooma will give the area mobile coverage for the very first time, which is great news for local residents and visitors to the area,” Mr O'Dowd said.

The base station will be delivered as part of round three of the Mobile Black Spot program that has led to the establishment of more than 696 active mobile stations across Australia.

To continue reading the article: click here. (southburnetttimes.com.au)

Canberra commits fund to boost mobile coverage in Bonogin

10 May 2019
InTheNews

THE Federal Government has announced it will fund a new base station in Bonogin to boost mobile coverage in the Gold Coast hinterland suburb.

Local Federal Minister Karen Andrews said the funding was part of the fourth round of the LNP’s $220 million Mobile Black Spot Program.

“I’m thrilled that residents and businesses in Bonogin can now enjoy the benefits and opportunities that improved mobile connectivity brings,” Minister Andrews said.

To continue reading the article: click here. (mygc.com.au)

Port Stephens councillors to weigh up Lakeside 'critical' mobile phone tower

10 May 2019
OptusNews

PORT Stephens councillors will decide next week whether to allow a 38-metre telecommunications pole that could deliver "greatly improved mobile coverage" in the area to be erected beside a Raymond Terrace swimming pool car park.

Council planning staff have recommended councillors approve the structure on Leisure Way, off Richardson Road, which would provide mobile phone, wireless broadband and data services to Raymond Terrace and beyond.

If approved, the pillar would be built on the 2.3-hectare site containing the car park for the pool complex, bowling alley and Lakeside Sports Complex.

To continue reading the article: click here. (theherald.com.au)

Auditor-General will not investigate location of Kingstown phone tower

10 May 2019
TelstraNews

AN INVESTIGATION request into a phone tower on Sundown Valley property in Kingstown has been flatly refused by the Auditor-General.

The audit was denied on the basis there was no indication that property ownership was part of the assessment or decision-making process for where the tower, championed by Member for New England Barnaby Joyce, was placed.

The Telstra tower was arranged on the property by the previous owners and the telecommunication giant.

To continue reading the article: click here. (northerndailyleader.com.au)

TPG investors fume as mobile plan gets shattered

10 May 2019
TpgNews

Telstra's shares climb 2.4 per cent on Thursday. But what if TPG were to become a mobile virtual network operator, buying capacity from an existing player to resell under its own brand?

A good night’s sleep has done nothing to cool the anger of TPG investors following the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s decision to block its $15 billion merger with Vodafone Hutchison Australia.

It’s still running white hot.

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